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faux pas

Definition:

a socially awkward or tactless act

Class:

act noun (acts and actions)

Usage:

French

Plural:

faux pas*
(* faux pas may be used in a singular or plural context)

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

gaff | gaffe | gaucherie | slip | solecism

Etymology:

the French phrase faux pas, of the same meaning; composed of faux, "false,...
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

faux pas [French] | foo-pah [Irish] | fau-pas [of]

a social blunder or indiscretion (5 of 446 words, 8 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/faux-pas

Wikipedia:

Faux pas

a socially awkward or tactless act, especially one that violates accepted social norms, standard customs, or the rules of etiquette. The expression comes from French, where it means "false step", "misstep". Having been used in English for over 300... (39 of 185 words, pronunciations)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Faux pas

Merriam-Webster:

faux pas | blunder [synonym] | familiarity [synonym] | impropriety [synonym] | gaff [synonym] | gaffe [synonym] | indiscretion [synonym] | solecism [synonym] | error [similar] | ...

"blunder" ; especially, a social blunder (6 of 119 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/faux pas

Oxford Dictionary:

faux pas

an embarrassing or tactless act or remark in a social situation (11 of 70 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/faux-pas

Wiktionary:

blunder | blunders [plural] | blundered [past tense] | blundering [present participle] | faux pas [plural] | boo-boo [plural] | defect [plural] | fault [plural] | gaffe [plural] | ...

A clumsy or embarrassing mistake. | [intransitive] To make a stupid mistake. | [intransitive] To move blindly or clumsily. | [transitive] To cause to make a mistake. | [transitive] To do or treat in a blundering manner; to confuse. (35 of 52 words, 5 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/blunder

Macmillan British Dictionary:

faux pas [countable, formal]

something embarrassing that you say or do in a social situation (11 of 43 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/faux-pas

Cambridge Dictionary:

faux pas

words or behaviour that are a social mistake or not polite (11 of 35 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/faux-pas

Random House Dictionary:

faux pas

a slip or blunder in etiquette, manners, or conduct; an embarrassing social blunder or indiscretion. (15 of 30 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/faux-pas

American Heritage Dictionary:

faux pas

A social blunder. (3 of 20 words, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/faux-pas

New World Dictionary:

faux pas

a social blunder; error in etiquette; tactless act or remark (10 of 19 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/faux-pas

Britannica Encyclopedia:

slip [crystals]

in engineering and physics, sliding displacement along a plane of one part of a crystal relative to the rest of the crystal under the action of ... (26 of 205 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/548788​/slip

Encarta Dictionary:

faux pas

an embarrassing mistake that breaks a social convention (8 of 36 words, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861690154​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Wiktionary:

faux pas

Origin: the French phrase faux pas, of the same meaning; composed of faux, "false, wrong", and pas, "step".

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/faux pas

Collins Dictionary:

faux pas [French]

First use: 17th century

Origin: from French: false step

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/faux-pas

Merriam-Webster:

faux pas

First use: 1676

Origin: French, literally, false step

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/faux pas

American Heritage Dictionary:

faux pas

Origin: French: faux, false + pas, step.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/faux-pas

Online Etymology:

faux pas

First use: 1670s

Origin: French, literally "false step".

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=faux pas

Oxford Dictionary:

faux pas

Origin: French, literally "false step"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/faux-pas

New World Dictionary:

faux pas

Origin: French, literally, false step

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/faux-pas

Encarta Dictionary:

faux pas

Origin: French, "false step"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861690154​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

faux pas [French]

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "faux pas"

Audio 2: North American English pronunciation of "faux pas"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/faux-pas

Macmillan British Dictionary:

faux pas [countable, formal]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "faux pas"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/faux-pas

Macmillan American Dictionary:

faux pas [countable, formal]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "faux pas"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/faux-pas

Cambridge Dictionary:

faux pas

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "faux pas"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "faux pas"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/faux-pas

Google Dictionary:

faux pas

Audio: English pronunciation of "faux pas"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=faux pas

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

faux pas

Audio: North American pronunciation of "faux pas"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=faux p​01 word=faux pas

faux pas

Audio: North American pronunciation of "faux pas"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=fauxp​008 word=faux pas

YourDictionary Audio:

faux pas

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "faux pas" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/faux-pas

the Free Dictionary:

faux pas

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "faux pas" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/faux pas

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